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A plea for help for a domestic daughter by a non-domestic mother

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Already at 7, my daughter Hadley’s domestic prowess is surpassing my own. Her fuel was fired when she returned home from visiting my parents at Christmas with many of my domestic goddess mother’s crafting items in tow.

A glue gun!
Fabric paints!
Weird netting stuff I don’t know what to call it!

Those are her exclamation marks, not mine.

Hadley loves to disappear into her room and create for hours on end. I marvel at her imagination and I fully support these endeavors so long as I don’t need to take part in them.

The problem is, now she’s bugging me to show her how to use all these treasures. If you’re just tuning in, though I love to cook, crafting ain’t my cup of tea (as was evidenced by my Super Saturday sufferings.)

Last week, she took my carnage to a new level when she came downstairs and modeled a skirt that she had fashioned out of an old basket liner.

I suppose I should have been excited and proud. I mean, talk about industrious! But if we’re being honest here, my initial thought was “OH CRAP. NOW I’M GOING TO HAVE TO LEARN TO SEW SO I CAN TEACH HER?!”

My New Year’s resolution list is suddenly look very long and dreary.

Do your kids have passions you don’t share? Do you know how to sew or where we can learn? Or more importantly, will you teach my daughter for me? 🙂

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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  • comment avatar Amy January 9, 2012

    I think it would be cool to have a sewing class for moms and daughters. I haven’t heard of any but I’ve heard of various other options like Sew Your Studio in Denver.

  • comment avatar Amber's Crazy Bloggin' Canuck January 9, 2012

    A Mommy & Me class would be awesome! Thanks for the reference.

  • comment avatar Melissa J January 9, 2012

    Not sure when she will be 8, but JoAnn’s has kids sewing and crafting classes! Their prices are pretty reasonable too. Also, I learned to sew in 4-H! Again, not sure about the ages for that… but it might be worth looking into. Good luck 🙂

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson January 9, 2012

    She’ll be 8 in May and this would be PERFECT. Thanks!

  • comment avatar Leanne January 9, 2012

    Hi Amber, Check out I saw there was a sewing instructor in Erie, Colorado and there may be one closer to you that is not listed on their website. If you get a hold of the company they will let you know and you may even be able to purchase packets if you can’t find a teacher. Usually they teach kids age 5 and up and the patterns are super fun and not intimidating. There are several levels your daughter can advance to. I have taught these classes in my area and my daughters have loved them. Your daughter will love it too!
    e-mail me if you have any more questions about it 🙂

  • comment avatar Lana January 9, 2012

    I don’t know if they do kid stuff but try Fabric Bliss for adult classes.

  • comment avatar Denise January 9, 2012

    Here’s the common threads class site! They have after school & Sundays for kids.

  • comment avatar Denise January 9, 2012

    Also, their site says they will create a class. Have a few friends interested in Mommy & Me, they’ll do it.

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson January 9, 2012

    All great recommendations, everyone. I had no idea!

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson January 9, 2012

    H is a crafty like your Mom.Wow. My biggest fear is Heloisa is crafty &I’ll have to teach her something w/ my 2 left hands.

  • comment avatar Rachel M January 9, 2012

  • comment avatar Tammy January 9, 2012

    I can teach her!

  • comment avatar Teresa January 9, 2012

    JoAnn has kids classes, and there is a lady in Parker that teaches kids.

  • comment avatar Joy Opp January 9, 2012

    I just send my kid over to her grandma’s to sew and be crafty… but that’s because my mom is about 2 minutes away. NICE!

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